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email ncurryuclacukAppeasement in BritainIn the aftermath of World War 2 the British policy of appeasement especially as to Germany was considered one of weakness and inability globally condemned by immediate post-war historians Some historians such as AJP Taylor go as far as making appeasement a direct cause of the war arguing that Hitler was only a pragmatic politician reacting to his opponents mistakes taking advantage of the situations Britain created for him The war he argued was just a miscalculation on Hitler s behalf Why then did Britain lead this policy of appeasement If appeasement is seen as an attempt on Britain s behalf to avoid a war why was it doing so In this essay an attempt to account for the reasons of British appeasing Germany in the 1920s and 1930s shall be given First of all it is necessary to differentiate different periods in the policy of appeasement In the 1920s and until Hitler came to power appeasement was aimed at avoiding the creation of a potential threat as opposed to soothing an existing one After Hitler came to power this gradually ceased to be the case and German increasingly came to be regarded as a potential enemy Finally at and after the Munich Conference of September 1938 it was clear to most that Germany was blatantly a bellicose nation yet Britain under Chamberlain continued to apply the appeasement policyBut let us first consider the beginning of appeasement a movement which surfaced in the 1920s following the Versailles Peace Treaty of 1919 Indeed the conditions of the Versailles Treaty were viewed much too harsh by many British people including Lloyd George who had actually attended the conference Indeed the terms imposed on Germany were extremely severe and were viewed by some as excessive The height of the reparations demanded was defined largely by France and was thought by Britain to be unfeasible Churchill during the 1918 election run thought the figure
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